Kate Fagan Archive

Kate Fagan

Columnist, espnW.com
  • News & Commentary

    As Recruits Get Younger And Younger, Don't Forget The Risks

    Committing to a college early -- like 13-year-old Jada Peebles did at NC State -- can help a basketball player and her family avoid the turmoil of recruiting, but it also brings a lot of extra scrutiny.

    Sep 11 12:39 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • News & Commentary

    Fair? The IOC's Gender Testing Policy Is the Exact Opposite

    A young sprinter with high levels of testosterone braces to challenge a policy that, rather than leveling the playing field, discriminates against some athletes.

    Sep 9 4:08 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • Why James Dolan Shouldn't Fire Bill Laimbeer

    The New York Liberty didn't make the WNBA playoffs. But they're close ... which is why James Dolan should not make any drastic moves -- that includes retaining Bill Laimbeer as the Liberty coach.

    Aug 25 10:13 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • News & Commentary

    Why Athletic Departments Are Clueless About Handling Sexual Assaults

    As detailed in a stunning report from "Outside The Lines," college athletic departments have a baffling amount of sway in investigating alleged sexual assaults by athletes. Former NCAA basketball player Kate Fagan explains how and why that happens.

    Aug 21 4:06 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • Athlete's Life

    The Right Woman For the Job: A Q&A with Michele Roberts

    Michele Roberts, head of the NBA players' association, talks about how her background primed her history-making new role.

    Aug 7 5:55 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • Fagan: Becky Hammon was born to coach

    Becky Hammon, named an assistant coach for the Spurs on Tuesday, has always seen the game through a coach's lens, as if basketball's X's and O's had been coded into her DNA, writes Kate Fagan.

    Aug 5 | By Kate Fagan

  • News & Commentary

    Fagan: Roger Goodell still doesn't get it

    Another day, another missed opportunity. By harping on consistency of punishments, Roger Goodell again missed a golden opportunity to stand in front of the cameras and tell the world how seriously the NFL takes domestic violence, writes Kate Fagan.

    Aug 6 12:52 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • News & Commentary

    Fagan: Natalie Nakase's big break

    After two years of diligent film study and analysis with the Clippers, Natalie Nakase got an unexpected call from Doc Rivers. The Clippers wanted her to become the first woman to be an assistant coach in the NBA.

    Jul 31 1:21 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • Nine for IX

    Fagan: Six rules for playing hoops in China

    Brittney Griner's trip to China was, uh, interesting, to be sure. Here are a half dozen things every WNBA star playing overseas ought to know.

    Jul 30 12:09 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • News & Commentary

    Fagan: Why FIFA needs female leadership

    Can FIFA be fixed? Can it repair its reputation? Soccer's governing body needs fundamental change, and that means making women an integral part of the process.

    Jul 8 2:07 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • Small Wonders: Changing the world, one AED at a time

    After tragedy struck her family, Tina Charles decided to start a foundation with the goal of donating 100 automated external defibrillators every year. So far, so much good.

    Jun 30 10:54 AM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • News & Commentary

    Fagan: Q&A with Brandi Chastain

    Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, former U.S. women's soccer star Brandi Chastain discussed the American men's chances in Brazil, their "most problematic" area on the pitch, and talked about the recent coaching changes with the U.S. women.

    Jun 11 12:11 AM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • Fagan: Liberty back where they belong

    After three summers at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the New York Liberty finally returned to the world's most famous arena on Saturday night, once again calling Madison Square Garden home.

    May 18 12:56 AM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • News & Commentary

    Fagan: Basketball's double standard

    The hiring of Jimmy Dykes as Arkansas women's basketball coach underscores the ways in which female coaches feel less empowered to pursue jobs -- on both the men's and women's side.

    May 17 2:53 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • News & Commentary

    Fagan: Good coaches tough, not abusive

    In the wake of scandals that cost Kelly Greenberg and Beth Couture their jobs, Kate Fagan writes that the difference between a demanding coach and an abusive coach is not a thin line.

    Apr 29 1:34 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • BU coach Greenberg out amid accusations

    Boston University and head women's basketball coach Kelly Greenberg have parted ways.

    Apr 23 12:54 AM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • NCW: Brittney Griner's life in China

    In ESPN The Magazine's Money Issue, Kate Fagan writes that Brittney Griner signed with a Chinese team to fine-tune her game while earning big bucks. But life overseas gave the WNBA star more than she bargained for.

    Apr 16 5:41 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • NCW: Brittney Griner's life in China

    In ESPN The Magazine's Money Issue, Kate Fagan writes that Brittney Griner signed with a Chinese team to fine-tune her game while earning big bucks. But life overseas gave the WNBA star more than she bargained for.

    Apr 16 5:41 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • Fagan: No. 1 pick becomes Ogwumike family tradition

    Two years after her older sister was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft, Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike followed suit, going first Monday at the league's draft at Mohegan Sun Arena, Kate Fagan writes.

    Apr 14 | By Kate Fagan

  • UMass' Gordon: First openly gay D-I player

    Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team, stepped forward Wednesday as the first openly gay player in Division I men's college basketball, sharing his story with ESPN and Outsports.

    Apr 9 4:44 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • News & Commentary

    Fagan: Massachusetts' Derrick Gordon openly smiling

    A network of mentors helped UMass starter Derrick Gordon in his journey to becoming the first openly gay male player in Division I basketball.

    Apr 9 2:42 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • Fagan: The pros and cons of another UConn title

    Geno Auriemma and UConn locked up another national title, in impressive fashion. But all the qualities that make this program great also pose a problem for women's basketball.

    Apr 8 | By Kate Fagan

  • Fagan: Notre Dame comes together for inspiring tribute to Natalie Achonwa

    When Natalie Achonwa tore her ACL, everyone wondered if the injury would cost the Fighting Irish their chance at winning the national title. Instead, her on-court absence has stirred something in her teammates, inspiring them to become the best versions of themselves.

    Apr 7 4:17 AM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • Fagan: Terps' Thomas out to make noise

    Alyssa Thomas doesn't often have a lot to say to the media. The Maryland All-American prefers to let her play do the talking, and she hopes to make a loud statement against Notre Dame in Sunday's semifinal.

    Apr 6 12:01 AM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • Fagan: Heading into Final Four, Irish again have 'chip on their shoulder'

    Notre Dame solved its post-Skylar Diggins questions with a collective resolve. Now, with Natalie Achonwa out of the lineup, coach Muffet McGraw says her team will have to again quiet Irish doubters heading into the Women's Final Four.

    Apr 4 9:09 PM ET | By Kate Fagan